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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Review

Review Date: Oct 1, 2003

Category: Point-and-Shoot


Image Quality

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 is a digital camera targeted to point-and-shoot photographers and its image quality is comparable to other quality 3 megapixels resolution digital cameras.

For this review, I used the following settings as my preferred settings (in fact, the Coolpix 3100 sets metering mode and ISO automatically):

  • Shooting Mode: Auto
  • Image Quality/Size: 3M* High (Fine/2048x1536 pixels)
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
  • ISO: Auto
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the Coolpix 3100 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the Coolpix 3100 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2048x1536 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture will display the 800x600 image in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other original images will also display in that same separate window.

Montana's: 1/142.5 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto, with fill-in flash (File size: 959 KB)
Famous Players Movie Theatre: 1/212 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto (File size: 926 KB)
School Bus: 1/121.3 sec., F3.7 and ISO Auto, with Fill-in flash (File size: 926 KB)
Tools: 1/18.1 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.0 MB)
Old and New: 1/352.1 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto, with fill-in flash (File size: 971 KB)
Textile Quilt: 1/20 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 967 KB)
Chinese Medecine: 1/98.2 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto, with fill-in flash (File size: 1.0 MB)
Red Rocket: 1/649.3 sec., F4.0 and ISO Auto (File size: 952 KB)
Street Vendor: 1/335.5 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto, with fill-in flash (File size: 1.1 MB)
Pub: 1/30 sec., F4.4 and ISO Auto (File size: 917 KB)
Catholic School: 5 portrait shots taken at various shutter speeds and apertures; Combined in Panorama Maker (File size: 1.1 MB)

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A Personal Word

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a number of good points that a point-and-shoot photographer will like: it is very light yet the handgrip means I can easily take one handed shot without camera shake; it is easy to use on Programmed Auto mode giving quality 3MP pictures; it's macro capability beats that on much more expensive digital cameras; and Nikon also includes free of charge some of the best digital imaging software you can buy: NikonView, Adobe Photoshop Elements, ArcSoft Panorama Maker.

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